$1M ticket sold in Butler County
November 29, 2012

WINFIELD TWP — One of three $1 million state winners from Wednesday’s record Powerball drawing bought his ticket at the Planet Mart on Route 356.

Nationally, there are two Powerball winners for the $580 million lottery purse with one winning ticket sold in Missouri and one in Arizona. There were an additional 30 $1 million winners nationwide, three in Pennsylvania.

The $1 million winning tickets had all of the winning numbers, 05-16-22-23-29, except the Powerball number, 06.

Stephanie Rossey, a Planet Mart manager, said Thursday afternoon that she had been unable to sit down since hearing about the winning ticket from her store.

“We keep telling everyone who comes in to check their tickets because we had a winner,” Rossey said. “I just want to know who it is, to see if I know them. It’s just so exciting.”

For selling the million dollar ticket, Planet Mart owners will get $5,000.

Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winners until each prize is claimed and each ticket is validated. Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

Store employees Arlene Conaway and Roxann Carrier this morning recalled when they first heard the news.

“The boss came running out and said we sold a winner,” Carrier said.

Both workers agreed with Rossey that it’s exciting news.

“I hope it’s somebody we know,” Conaway said.

The winning ticket was the topic of conversation among store customers this morning.

“Wish it was me,” said Emily Lacava of Sarver.

“Me, too,” added Joanne Vesztergon, also of Sarver.

Roger Tebay of Cabot wants the winner to fill two criteria.

“I hope it’s somebody local and somebody who can use it,” he said.

The other two $1 million winning tickets in Pennsylvania were sold in Blair County and in Montgomery County.

In the 2010-11 fiscal year, the state lottery paid out more than $27 million to Butler County residents and it funded more than $13 million for benefits to older adults in the county, according to a lottery news release.

This Powerball lottery run generated $28 million for the state to use on services for older adults, according to the release.

Eagle staff writer Tom Victoria contributed to this report.